27 December 2013

Only For You (For You #1) by Genna Rulon

Only For You (For You #1)
by Genna Rulon.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: September 24th 2013 by Genna Rulon.
“In its purest form love is self-sacrificing, eternal, selfless, enduring, truthful, forgiving and indulgent. It also feels an awful lot like a kick to the stomach when you try to fight it!”

All Everleigh Carsen wanted to do was complete her final semester at Hensley University and begin the life she carefully planned.

When a wave of violent crime seizes campus, Everleigh is persuaded to attend a school sponsored self-defense seminar by her best friend, where she meets volunteer instructor, Hunter Charles. After Everleigh’s biting sarcasm induces Hunter to eject her from class, a tempestuous relationship is born.

Everleigh is determined to forget the striking man, but fate—that fickle shrew—continuously intervenes. Unable to escape him, she declares Hunter an enemy combatant. The only complication…Hunter is resolutely pursuing vindication…by any means necessary. Verbal warfare ensues, and despite Everleigh’s ingenious efforts, in Hunter, she has finally found her equal.

Only For You is a compelling tale of friendship, desire, and redemption—brimming with intelligent characters, witty dialogue, unexpected twists, profound sorrow, unfettered hope, and love’s unassailable perseverance.

• This story is appropriate for readers 18+
• Only For You is the first book in the For You series by Genna Rulon. Each book in the series can be read as a stand alone novel.

Quotes from Only For You:

“When someone tells you something about themselves you don’t want to hear—believe them.”

"You’re going to listen to me, and for once you’re going to hear what I say and not read between lines that aren’t there.”

“I was a fool, alone, preparing to do what every fool did at such times—I was going to a bar to drink myself smart.”

“He had a skull and crossbones label on him, but I drank his poison nevertheless and loved it; now I needed an antidote.”

“If you don’t remember your value, no one else will. Don’t ever settle, Ev. You’re far too precious a treasure to squander.”

"You'll continue to be a bitch no matter what, but I'm glad you aren't a callous, self-absorbed one."

“I stepped off the merry-go-round for a reason. It made me dizzy and I kept ending up in the same spot. It may have been fun for a short ride, but was never headed anywhere.”

"Jose had loosened my tongue; curse him, the ninety proof bastard."

"We played hot potato with my heart—me throwing it to him, him tossing it back to me. Every time the music stopped, I was always the one holding my bruised organ."

Reviewed by Kelly.

First, I want to thank Genna for sending me a sweet request to read her book. If she hadn’t of, I probably would have missed out on this wonderful book!!

This is one of those books that really grabs you, makes you laugh and cry and fall in love with all the players!! It had me guessing and second guessing the who dunnits and what was really going on. It had me disgusted too. But it was supposed to, there were violent crimes committed!

I enjoyed the witty banter between Hunter and Everleigh. It was perfect. It had me grinning from ear to ear often. They were perfect. You could feel the chemistry between the two. Everleigh was so na├»ve or just in denial in the beginning about Hunter. Everyone else told her so as well. She just believed that the hot and cold from Hunter was because he was gay. Everyone told her that he was crazy about her, but something held Hunter back from giving her his all. I kind of figured out why, but it didn’t matter, it still was jaw dropping good!! I want a Hunter! He is perfection; he makes mistakes but knows how to own up to it! You can’t get better than that!!!

Everleigh is best friends, more like sisters, with Sam. Samantha and she have been friends pretty much their whole lives. Sam’s parents are wealthy and Everleigh’s mom was their housekeeper and anywhere that Sam went she insisted Everleigh go too. So Everleigh was given much as well. When Everleigh’s mom died, Sam was all she had left and demanded to her parents that Everleigh gets pretty much what she got. Sam’s parents were well to do and gave everything money could buy to their daughter but they lacked in actually being there for her. So Sam and Everleigh were inseperable. Now they are in their last year in college together.

When a string of violent crimes on women on campus increases and the violence ends up in deaths, things become a little tense at school but Everleigh is determined to finish her last semester out so she can get her degree and not finish somewhere else a year later.

Everleigh and Sam have some amazing friends and for the most part they both make good choices. Some are harder than others to make. They both are the forgiving type and are kind and non judgmental.

Everleigh and Hunter make mistakes but due to Everleigh’s forgiving nature and Hunter’s cute, witty, creative and sincere apologies, Everleigh holds on to this man that wants to be her best friend. Their conversations are deep and he treats her with respect and utter kindness. He takes care of her. But Hunter tells her that he is in no place now to be anything more than a best friend to her now. The chemistry is overwhelming and when they finally give in to what they want from each other, it doesn’t help. She wants more and he won’t give it to her. She kicks him out. What happens from there, I am not telling. You have got to read it for yourself.

I can’t do this book justice! Yes, there are F bombs in here, but they are placed in moments of anger. So, I get it. It is not used in everyday context. But it is an excellent story, refreshingly different with chemistry and banter and wit that kept me giggling. There is a friendship that is selfless between the girls and it is everything I would hope for with my own kids. I would ask it for myself if I wasn’t already married with great friends. It is easy to get lost in this book. Well actually I did, I went well into the night reading this to finish it up. Now, I NEED the next book now. It doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, but I want to see what happens with Sam next. Because, it has the set up for another stellar guy and I love those types of guys that are kind and caring and selfless and know how to treat a girl.

Quotes I enjoyed...

I gave her a brief rundown of what had occurred; subsequently Sam… lost her mind. She let fly a string of curses that would have made the most hardened ‘Sons of Anarchy’ biker blush, in combinations I was certain had never before been conceived before. She threatened every part of ….’s person ending with a threat to castrate him and shove his balls so far down his throat that he would have breasts. She raged while pulling her earrings from her ears and slipping off her shoes, threatening to find him ………or wherever he may be.

I already knew, for me there is only you. No matter what happened between us in the future, it would only ever be you. I was made for you- only for you

I need you now, knowing you’re really mine, not having to censor my words or shutter my emotions. I need you to see and feel how deeply I love you. Can I have you, angel? Can I have all of you and keep it?

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